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Holderness dig locates evidence of Native American tools, artifacts

HOLDERNESS  — Archaeological students have been hard at work here uncovering bits and pieces of what was left behind from Native American occupancy, dating from as long ago as 4,000 years.

Under the watchful eye of state archeologist Dr. Richard Boisvert, two dozen students have been at work uncovering artifacts while looking for other clues to those who occupied the area around the Squam River that many years ago. The dig  is scheduled to be completed arounf August 1.

The site was described by Dr. Robert Goodby, the chief investigating archeologist in 2001,  as "...one of the largest known pre-European contact sites in the state of New Hampshire." He was referring to artifacts dating back to a far earlier time recovered from alongside Davison's Brook in a field owned by the Squam Lake Natural Science Center. This investigation came about due to the relocation of state Route 113, construction of an improved state boat launch ramp, an adjacent parking lot and excavation for a new visitor's center and accompanying sewage leach field. Under Sec. 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (P.L. 89-665) an immediate stop to any federally-funded project where Native remains are found was required. Dr. Goodby spoke of this last week at the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum in Weirs Beach.

Davison's Brook, where it flows into the river between the two Squam Lakes, was an ideal location for Natives long before white settlers arrived – at a time well before there was a New Hampshire. A southern exposure surrounded by hillsides and with ample game and fish, it sustained a seasonal population of Natives. Some would say the very first "summer folks." Today's dig is not that far from this earlier discovery. It is thought that Natives, most likely Western Abenaki-speaking Pennacook tribesmen and women, occupied substantial portions of what make up today's lakeside village here.

Today's exploration is being held under a program called SCRAP – State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program – where students at all levels can earn college credits for their work. The Holderness Historical Society has taken out a membership as have others. At sometime in the future Dr. Boisvert will present their findings to the Society.

Thus far several shards, or chips and fragments struck off stone implements, have been uncovered. And two weeks ago investigators dug up fragments of early pottery indicating the use of lakeside clays. In the past this site has yielded what archaeologists refer to as a pecked and polished stone gouge, a stone knife and several arrowheads. Pits measure one-meter by one-meter, often a half-meter deep. Every find is carefully measured, photographed, related to other finds and coordinated through GPS coordinates. It is critical to know just where they were found. Pits yielding nothing are also very important for they tell archaeologists where no activity took place.

For quality control the SCRAP Project here is being conducted under standards established by the National Park Service.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 08:18

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Got Lunch promotes literacy with summer reading

LACONIA — GOT LUNCH! Laconia, after 5 years of successfully providing food for the children of Laconia who might otherwise go hungry during the summer months, is proud to work in conjunction with a program called GOT LITERACY. In the last few years GOT LITERACY has been providing weekly flyers of a fun, but educational nature, to be included in the GOT LUNCH bags. So as GOT LUNCH feeds the body, GOT LITERACY will feed the brain. In the next few weeks GOT LITERACY will be following the drivers who deliver food for GOT LUNCH to distribute books for the children to read, enjoy and share with their friends. GOT LITERACY has done its best to pair up the children with books appropriate for their age and gender.

GOT LITERACY's endeavor to provide these books this year has come upon the terrific work of former educators who saw the need to engage children of all ages in the joy of reading. They have collected books for all ages from a variety of sources, e.g. area libraries, a book drive at the Congregation Church of Laconia, and private donations. Headed by coordinators Jane Hewitt, Jan Streifer and Kay Anderson, they are currently looking for local people to help stop the "summer slide" – the loss of reading skills that happens when kids don't read during school vacation. If you are interested, contact Ms. Streifer at jkstreifer@ hotmail.com or Ms. Hewitt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 08:12

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Gilford community church plans annual Summer Fair in late august

GILFORD  — The annual Gilford Community Church Summer Fair will be held on Friday, August 28th from 4-7 and on Saturday, August 29 from 7:30-2. Also on Saturday morning, the Annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Gilford Youth Center from 7 am to 10 am.

The Fair will be held on church grounds, as usual, with live music, Chuck Wagon hamburgers and hot dogs, ice-cream and drinks. The White Elephant sale will be held in the church's Fellowship Hall. A Silent Auction will be featured in the Youth Center, along with the selling of Children's toys and games. Water-based games and activities will be available for children outside.

The church is accepting donations for the White Elephant until August 24th. Clean items, please. (Books, stationery, puzzles, music, movies, kitchen items, knick-knacks, baskets, fishing stuff, tools, sporting goods, outdoor items, etc.) No baby strollers, car seats, clothes, shoes, large electrical appliances, encyclopedias, exercise equipment, computers, televisions or suitcases (unless antique).

Donated jewelry should come to the church office.

Let the church know if you have any items of value that you would like to donate to the Silent Auction. Small antiques or small fine furniture items will be accepted, as well as collectibles.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 08:08

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Carl Johnson Memorial golf tournament set for Augist 17

MOULTONBOROUGH — On Monday, August 17, the Loon Preservation Committee will host the 5th Annual "Carl Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament" at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough.

Senator Johnson was a champion of many worthy causes, including the environment and loons, and an active member of the Loon Preservation Committee Board from 1998 until his passing in 2010. Prime Tournament Sponsors are Advanced Land Surveying Consultants, Mill Falls at the Lake, Overhead Door Options and Stewart's Ambulance Service.

The tournament is open to the public with pre-registration required by August 10th. A scramble format with teams of four and a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. is followed by lunch and awards. Top prizes include $10,000 for a hole-in-one, courtesy of Paugus Bay Marina. First, second and third place team prizes will be awarded as well as longest drive and closest to pin. An exclusive raffle with over 20 prizes will be held at the clubhouse the day of the tournament.

To pre-register, sponsor a hole, or learn more about the tournament, contact the Loon Preservation Committee at 603-476-5666, or visit their website at www.loon.org.

All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Loon Preservation Committee and its work to protect loons and their habitats in New Hampshire.

Photo caption:

Loon Preservation Committee Trustee Chip Broadhurst along with Tom Beach, Tom Crane and Peter Walkley are regular participants at the Carl Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 08:03

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